|Bautista stares in disbelief after Nelson calls 'strike three.'|
Against reliever Vinnie Pestano in the eighth, Bautista against struck out, this time swinging at three pitches while taking three for called balls.
When asked about his explosive attitude displayed during the Jays' opener, Bautista was unapologetic: "Sometimes I have trouble more than other players dealing with my production being affected by somebody else's mediocrity... It's just the way I am as a person. It's a tougher pill to swallow for me sometimes."
Again, Nelson's call was correct and Bautista indeed struck out on a called strike located within the zone.
|Bautista's called third strike was located within the zone.|
Manager John Gibbons says he has heard "from people in the organization" about Bautista's aggressive behavior toward umpires, though Bautista's attitude is not yet "an issue" and instead is a matter of intensity. At the same time, Gibbons unilaterally condemned Bautista's outbursts: "If you explode on them...Basically, it's like showing them up...Nobody likes to be shown up in the game. Nobody likes to be jumped on."
During Spring Training, Gibbons went on record saying he planned to chat with Bautista about his behavior toward umpires, saying that "whining gets old."
When asked about his fiery behavior, Bautista declared: "It's normal...I don't think I make anybody look bad."
News: Blue Jays' Jose Bautista defends his pointed reactions to umpires' calls (National Post)